A senior aide to Ukraine’s president advised AFP Wednesday that Kyiv’s counteroffensive launched final month to recapture territory underneath Russian management would possible be grinding.
5 weeks into Kyiv’s long-anticipated operation, a lot of the entrance gave the impression to be frozen. Presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak admitted progress was “slower than we would like”.
“Undoubtedly, this operation shall be fairly tough, lengthy and can take various time,” Podolyak mentioned.
Podolyak additionally mentioned Kyiv was looking for a joint navy patrol of Black Sea international locations to be able to proceed grain exports from its ports after Russia exited a landmark deal making certain the security of cargo ships.
He spoke two days after Moscow left the deal and as Russia pounded Ukrainian Black Sea port infrastructure for 2 straight nights.
“Negotiations are ongoing in any respect ranges. A UN mandate needs to be added right here to create a navy patrol that would come with international locations in touch with the area, for instance Turkey, Bulgaria or any others,” Podolyak mentioned.
On the battlefield, Podolyak mentioned Kyiv’s offensive was tough due to closely mined territory in addition to logistical issues, together with in arms deliveries.
He mentioned Kyiv wants an extra 200 tanks and dozens of F-16 fighter jets to speed up its efforts to wrest Russian forces from entrenched positions within the south and east of the nation.
“In fact, we’d like further armoured autos — two to 3 hundred tanks to start with,” Podolyak advised AFP journalists.
“We’d like 60 to 80 F-16 planes to be able to shut the skies effectively, particularly within the space close to the entrance.”
However he claimed that the variety of “offensive operations” led by the Ukrainian military was “progressively rising” and mentioned that not all brigades readied for the counteroffensive have been despatched to the entrance.
He confused that any compromise with Russia to finish the conflict would “destroy” Kyiv’s statehood as Moscow “hates” Ukraine and seeks to recreate the Soviet Union.
“For us a compromise doesn’t exist as a result of Russia hates us, it got here to destroy the idea of the Ukrainian state,” Podolyak mentioned.
“A compromise would in a method or one other result in the gradual lack of Ukraine and its statehood” and the “return of the Soviet Union,” he added.